An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The ... See full summary »
Sarajevo, 1992. They are called Ahmed, Lana, Sado, Saba, Sahbey, Beba, Nemanja, Marx, Matan. They live in and between wartimes. They have "nafaka", the destiny which was bestowed on them by... See full summary »
Nancy Abdel Sakhi,
In the nineties the Yugoslavia Federation falls apart in bloody wars. Perpetual student Milan, a Serb from a patriarchal community and Kenan, a Muslim cellist, are a homosexual couple ... See full summary »
In order to recover the body of her son lost during the war in Bosnia, a grieving, but strong-willed Muslim woman, Halima, must track down her estranged niece, who we find carries a mysterious connection to him.
Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.
In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there's a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body's missing. Adnan's siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father's decline. It's announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children's choir learns "House of the Rising Sun." Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother's death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere. Written by
On one level, I find Pjer Zalica's "Gori vatra" (called "Fuse" in English) interesting because it shows us a culture that we rarely get to see. But beyond that, I like it's focus on people's lives and associations. The movie portrays a small town in Bosnia. The town has seen its share of problems, and tensions persist between the Bosnians and Serbs. That's when they hear that Bill Clinton will be visiting. Not only does everyone do their darnedest to fix up the town, but a diplomat comes to try and make peace between the Bosnians and Serbs, and some of the characters realize the flaws in their relationships with each other and the come to understand the mistakes that they've made in their lives. All the while, the local children are learning The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" to sing to Clinton. But a surprise lies in wait.
So is the main focus on the results of the 1990s civil war in the Balkans, or on another aspect? Hard to say exactly. But I will say that I admired the movie, as a look at how recent history has affected the people in the region, and as a look at how sudden events throw people's lives into flux. Worth seeing.
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